After tying yesterday’s ballgame with the Chicago Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers were back in action today on the road against the Colorado Rockies at Talking Stick.
Chase Anderson took the hill for Milwaukee against Kyle Freeland of the Rockies, and both starters were effective during their outings. Freeland fired 4 innings of shutout baseball, allowing five hits but also striking out five Brewer batters. Anderson nearly matched him, allowing just a single run across his 4 innings of work. The run came across in the fourth inning when Anderson induced a double play with the bases loaded and no outs, which allowed old friend Mark Reynolds to cross the plate to give Colorado a 1-0 lead. Chase allowed four hits, struck out one, and walked four batters during his outing today, and his spring ERA now sits at 2.70.
The Brewers fired back with three runs in the top of the fifth, with the rally starting when a wild pitch by German Marquez with the bases loaded allowed Eric Sogard to score. Scooter Gennett followed with an RBI groundout, and then a passed ball by Tony Wolters allowed Keon Broxton to score the third run of the inning.
Colorado answered back with a single run in the 5th inning against Neftali Feliz to cut the score to 3-2, and then they scored another run against Tommy Milone in the 6th inning to tie the game up at 3 apiece. Milone, who is competing for a rotation spot, wound up working three innings, allowing five hits and that lone run with three strikeouts.
The score would stay tied at three until the top of the 8th. Jesus Aguilar hit a two-out single and then advanced to third on a double by Lewis Brinson. After a walk to Dustin Houle loaded the bases, Mauricio Dubon hit a ball to the shortstop Daniel Castro that was misplayed. The error allowed Jesus Aguilar to score the go-ahead run, but Lewis Brinson was cut down at home also trying to score on the play to end the threat.
The Brewers were leading 4-3 heading into the bottom of the 9th and called upon Jacob Barnes to close out the game. Barnes allowed a lead-off single to Raimel Tapia, bringing Christhian Adames to the plate. On an 0-1 pitch, Adames ripped a walk-off two run homer to right field to give Colorado the victory by a score of 5-4.
The stinging defeat dropped Milwaukee’s Cactus League record to 10-9-1. They’ll return home to Maryvale Baseball Park tomorrow to face the Diamondbacks at 3:05 PM CST, with the game being broadcast on FSWisconsin. Matt Garza will toe the rubber for Milwaukee against lefty Robbie Ray.